Coronavirus and Pets
As communities around the world respond to the respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus (COVID-19), it is important to have the most up-to-date information on the disease, including its impact on animals.
One question we’ve heard quite a few times now is “Can I catch the virus from my pet or vice versa?” Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have issued advisories saying there is no evidence that companion animals can spread the virus and “there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals which may compromise their welfare.” Please consult those websites for the latest information.
The Arizona Humane Society urges all pet owners to have plans for how to care for their animals in case of emergency. COVID-19 is no different, and serves as an excellent reminder to pull that plan together now if you don’t already have one. Please continue reading for excellent tips on pulling a plan together.
Are You and Your Pets Prepared for Disaster?
Whether it be a wildfire, severe storm or an accidental house fire, disaster can strike at any minute. Are your pets included in your family disaster plan? See AHS’ tips below to ensure you and your pet are prepared for an emergency.
- Make sure your pet is microchipped and wearing a collar with up-to-date ID tags.
- Assemble your disaster kit.
- Find a safe place to stay ahead of time, such as a friend’s house.
- Plan for your pet in your absence.
- Give a key to a trusted neighbor, friend, or family member.
- If you use a pet-sitting service, find out in advance if they will be able to help in case of an emergency.
- Make sure that whoever is taking care of your pet knows his or her feeding and medication schedule.
- Evacuate as early as possible.
- Always remember: If it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets!
- Bring your pets indoors ASAP.
- Block unsafe hiding spaces.
- Move dangerous items, such as tools or toxic products, out of your pet’s reach.
- If possible, designate a safe room to store all your pet’s food and supplies for easy access.
- Listen to the radio, TV news, and social media for updates.
- Don’t allow pets to roam alone, as familiar smells and sights may have changes and pets may get lost.
- Keep dogs leashed or cats crated while you assess the damage outdoors.
- If flooding occurs, check your home and yard for wild animals and unsafe objects.
- Be patient with your pets!